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Algonquin Historic
Commission

The Story of the Schooner Algonquin

In 1843 a town meeting was held and the town now known as Algonquin changed its name from Cornish Ferry to Osceola. But it was discovered another town in Illinois had chosen its name as Osceola before Algoqnuin petitioned the courts. The name of the town was left to Mr. Edwards, largest land owner to name the town. Mr. Edwards suggested Algonquin which was the name of the the boat he part owner or worked on board as a sailor. The schooner Algonquin was named after the Indian Confederation and built in Ohio but became a famous schooner of Lake Superior in 1840's.

Schooner Algonquin - Its History

1835 - 1838
Years before Schooner Algonquin

1839 - 1841
Building the Schooner Algongquin
and struggle to reach Lake Superior

1842 - 1844
Schooner Algonquin during the 
Great Copper Rush in Upper Michigan

1845 - 1852
Largest sailing Vessel on Lake Superior

1853 - 1856
Building of the Soo Locks and the 
beginning of the end for schooners

1857 - Present
Final resting place for schooner Algonquin

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